San Francisco 49er Cheerleader Starts Kneeling During National Anthem

The NFL cheerleader who took a knee during the National Anthem has yet to be identified or speak out about it

Santa Clara, CA - A member of the San Francisco 49ers’ Gold Rush squad became the first NFL cheerleader to kneel during the National Anthem on Thursday night.

The cheerleader has not yet been identified and has not said anything about her motivations, according to CBS News.

"I just thought it was peaceful, respectful, constitutionally-protected free speech," said Lenny Herrold, a fan in the stands who took a photo of the cheerleader that went viral on social media, according to CBS News.

The photos posted on social media were of a brunette cheerleader taking a knee while the rest of the cheerleaders stood at attention.

“No one else that I know of noticed or reacted,” Herrold told Huffington Post in a message. “She stayed with her teammates for the rest of the game, and they appeared to support her.”

The game was played on national TV on the NFL Network, which has the broadcast rights for Thursday night games.

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San Francisco was the start of the anti-police demonstration when then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee in 2016 during an exhibition game.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color," Kaepernick said.

Kaepernick even sported socks depicting police officers as pigs along with his Nike shoes.

The protest later expanded even further to be a protest of President Donald Trump by some after the president spoke out against the protest.

The NFL implemented a policy in May that would have fined players who took a knee but the rescinded it when the NFL players’ union challenged it, according to CBS News.

Comments (35)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Young people who know nothing about sacrifice...a cheerleader no less. I'm sure she's contributed a lot to society.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

No one should be mad at this story. You all were supposed to stop watching 2 years ago.

Keep on not watching though. I'm sure your protest will get somewhere eventually.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The NFL stories are cute and all, but have you gotten around to editing the latest mass shooting/suicide in a yoga studio?

Also, I see a few hats still on, a guy digging in his ear,, an official turned away from the flag, and a man saluting without a cover (probably former Army. they salute without covers). All during the anthem.

BOYCOTT!

cspcapt
cspcapt

like she is really important, it's CA what do you expect?

cspcapt
cspcapt

I'd fire her butt

angeleyes
angeleyes

Does no one understand the meaning of kneeling: Kneeling is a basic human position where one or both knees touch the ground. It can be used: as an expression of reverence and submission or as a mark of respect. So proud, she sacrificed her lucrative career to try to be in a nike commercial.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Maybe they could pass a new law (a Federal Law, it would make Mr. Boogers pleased), any person that purposely takes a knee with the intent to be disrespectful and cause controversy during the playing of the national anthem gets drafted into the Army for 2 years to go fight whatever current war is going on. Front line combat.

And an addendum to said law could be if the kneeler in question is doing so in a national spotlight manner on cable TV for example, their service time will be doubled.

walkintall
walkintall

It's San Francisco, it's The NFL, and it's the 49ers. I threw up a little bit in my throat just writing that sentence.

Jones24
Jones24

15 min of fame. I bet she would not know how to articulate why she knelt or Maybe she is just used to that position?? Yes I went there.

junkmansj
junkmansj

Another reason not to watch,attend or have anything to do with the NATIONAL FELONS LEAQUE

Stanracer
Stanracer

She made herself look as foolish as the players. Stunned cow.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Beautiful AND socially conscious? I'm loving it.

dsmarine
dsmarine

What is an NFL?

Les H
Les H

Fire the Anti American POS BIMBO nobody needs another Butt wipe on the field!

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

"I just thought it was peaceful, respectful, constitutionally-protected free speech," said Lenny Herrold. - Wrong. Not protected speech at all.

bronx163
bronx163

First amendment stops government from suppressing your expression, not pvt groups or companies.

You hate America. You hate what this country stands for. Then get the fuck out and join that piece of shit Islamic fascist farakan in Iran leading chants death to America.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

I wonder what other stupid lies people like that "cheer leader" will swallow

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

None of these "social justice" people see the irony in using kneeling as a way to protest?

Throughout history slaves knelt and leaders,owners, and those in charge stood.